January 19th, 2018

Opinions

MLA Report: The most wonderful time of the year

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 15th, 2017

The Christmas season is upon us and there is so much to celebrate. Myself, I look forward to the time that I get to spend with my wife, children and family. It is always so special to be able to see distant family members, nephews and nieces and to enjoy each other’s company, away from ... Read More »

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Finding peace in a world seemingly intent on war

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 13th, 2017

For the children of the Cold War era, those born in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, the constant threat of nuclear annihilation was an ever-present fear. It defined us as human beings, and set its stamp deep in our psyches. Even today those born in that era still recall horrific images of nuclear bombs ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Why PM’s plan for trade between Canada and China may not work

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 11th, 2017

Justin Trudeau is apparently holding out for a more comprehensive trade deal with China. The prime minister should be careful what he asks for. The much-discussed but still theoretical Canada-China free trade pact has been undergoing a kind of perils-of-Pauline adventure this week. It seemed alive and well Sunday when the prime minister landed in ... Read More »

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Medicine Hat picked a great partner in Swift Current for Under 17 Hockey bid

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 9th, 2017

Swift Current and Medicine Hat cooperating regarding junior hockey? Who knew? With the simultaneous announcement during the two communities’ respective evening council meetings on Dec. 4, the two were teaming up on an interprovincial joint-bid to try and entice the 2019 Under 17 Hockey Challenge to come to western Canada as Swift Current and Medicine ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Gender, language dash Indigenous dreams

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 8th, 2017

It is a sign of the times that decisively mixed reviews attended Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s latest Supreme Court appointment. The qualifications of Alberta justice Sheilah Martin had little to do with the somewhat cool reception. Her credentials are impeccable and the court will be richer for her contribution. She also fits Trudeau’s goals of ... Read More »

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Don’t let money rule you at Christmas

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 8th, 2017

Many people have not recovered from the economic recession yet and that perhaps accounts for some on the anxiety we are hearing and seeing when it comes to preparations for Christmas. The average household income in Canada is about $70,000 before tax deductions. Some experts have suggest people in that income bracket should plan on ... Read More »

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Reason to get excited about the Olympics

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 7th, 2017

It’s time Canadians and Medicine Hatters, in particular, got excited about the coming Olympic men’s hockey tournament. In the five events since professional players were first admitted to the Olympic Games the quadrennial tournament has become bigger north of the border than the Super Bowl.. With NHL and International Olympic Committee failing to come to ... Read More »

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PM should show leadership for injured veterans

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 6th, 2017

It is outrageous in the extreme that military men and women have been effectively told if you go to war and get permanently injured in battle fighting for your country you are on your own. That is basically what the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday in one big screw you to six ... Read More »

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Is the Alberta Party the future or re-treading retreads?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 5th, 2017

When Calgary-based MLA Greg Clark stepped down as Alberta Party leader it was mildly surprising considering many would say he’s done a decent job as leader of the fledgling party. However, while Clark has done a good job, he has not got his party past a two-seat high, not exactly influential in Alberta politics. The ... Read More »

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Ottawa seems to think gossip is ‘local news’

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 4th, 2017

Hockey news, fashion tips, TV and movie listings, retirement strategies, updates on Celine Dion — all of this information now constitutes local media — at least according to federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly. This week marked a black spot in the history of Canadian newspapers with the closure of three dozen papers, taking out of ... Read More »

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